State of Science :: Pesticides
"Simplifying the Pesticide Risk Equation: The Organic Option"
Since the Center's 2004 "State of Science Review" (SSR) on pesticide residues in conventional and organic foods, new data and risk assessment methods have emerged that provide a basis to quantify the pesticide risk reduction benefits of organic farming.
Our new SSR on pesticide residues and risk provides answers to frequently asked questions about relatively-high risk foods, as well as foods that pose no or modest dietary risks.
Our findings are encouraging. By converting less than 3% of the nation's farmland to organic methods, pesticide dietary risks could be driven down to a fraction of today's levels.